What I Ate – 19.08.16

Hi guys,

A late what I ate in a day due to my crazy schedule – apologies!

 photo 2016-08-19 09.50.30.jpg
Breakfast was some dry curiously cinnamon cereal (trying to clear out the cupboards a bit!) with a ham sandwich.

 photo f09865d4-d0b8-4be4-a19b-140eef8e165d.jpg
Lunch was half of this stewed aubergine dish and white rice (shared it with my sister) and a clementine.

 photo 2016-08-19 19.28.23.jpg
Sorry for the dodgy lighting! Snack was this ham salad from Asda and a flat peach (not pictured) as I was having dinner made by my ex and he wasn’t home until quite late.

 photo 2016-08-19 22.16.33.jpg
Dinner was nachos with jalapeños, salsa and cheese. I ate about a quarter of this and was absolutely stuffed!

So overall, not really a fantastic day. Will definitely strive to do better in my next What I Ate post! I’m really struggling to find a balance of healthy eating and working 70-80 work weeks at the moment. If you have any tips, please leave them below!

Until next time.. x

September 2016 Budget & Goals

Hi guys,

Well a crazy end to August so apologies for the lack of posts!

Today I’m sharing my budget for September. I am going to be paying my credit card debt off in full as usual and I’ll be fully keeping track of what I’m spending. This month will be my clearing-out-bad-habits month (aka housekeeping) so from October it will be looking more normal. I have grouped all the mini bills into categories for simplicity this month but future budgets will have a more detailed breakdown.

Background: Our bills are quarterly and shared between me and my housemates and I don’t pay rent in lieu of looking after the house and sorting all the admin for my housemates so don’t think I’ve omitted these by accident! I pay nearly everything on credit card so I can get my rewards but have to admit I’ve been also dipping into my account on a number of unexpected expenses recently including visiting my Uncle in Hong Kong before his passing, lending some money for an emergency and I was probably a bit over budget when I was in San Francisco back in April! So this month I will be clearing the slate so that the money I put on my credit card will be sitting in an account until it needs to be paid.

Groceries – £200. I’m going to try and start cooking more at home. This number might be less as I’ve been working 60-70 weeks recently so fitting in shopping and the actual cooking time may be a problem! I’ll see how this month goes and adjust accordingly. This also includes some groceries for my ex as I’m helping him get back on his feet.

Petrol – £150. I’ve increased this amount recently due to my second job. I have to travel an hour each way and they want to increase my days so hopefully this will be an accurate estimate.

Spending Money – £70. To cover odds and ends. I work pretty hard so I don’t restrict myself to much on odd treats here and there.

Eating Out – £100. It’s my sister’s birthday this month and I’m meeting up with a few friends when my schedule allows for the first couple of weeks for dinner.

Kindle/iTunes – £20. I love reading and playing games to de-stress after a long day so I have a separate little budget for this.

Short Term Savings – £500. This is divided into different regular savings accounts I have. I want to build up my emergency fund a little more before diverting all my savings to a place of my own.

Additional Pension Contributions – £110. I’ve recently been worrying about planning for retirement so I have started contributing extra to my workplace pension and setting up my own private one too.

Pet Insurance – £33. I contribute to two of the family dogs’ pet insurance. They live at my parents’ house and I just like to help out a little.

Paying off Debt – This forms just over 42% of my income for this month. Which admittedly is quite high even for me! This is a culmination of a series of emergencies I’ve had to pay for in the last few weeks. From next month I’ll be totally debt free.

September Goals:

  1. Walk at least 5,000 steps a day, with 2 of those days being over 10,000. (Let’s start small!)
  2. Lose five pounds – I failed at the losing weight last month so I’m striving to try better!
  3. Get my eyes checked – I keep forgetting to go to the optician’s for my yearly check up and I’ve noticed recently that with the increase in computer usage, my eyes seem to not be focusing as quick.
  4. Clearing my debt so I can start putting money towards a house deposit
  5. Achieving my professional goal this month of organising staff and completing all my paperwork.

So that’s it for this month. My next post will be a little more weight loss related (kind of!) and I’ll be doing a health update in the next couple of weeks after my check up appointment. Let me know what your goals are for this month!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan : 22nd – 27th August 2016

Hi guys,

Just a quick meal plan for next week. It’s a bit loose-y goose-y as I’ll be visiting a friend Thursday/Friday and on the weekend I just eat at work as I work 12+ hour shifts. On another random note, I have decided not to follow a certain diet plan and try and eat healthy without the counting. Not sure how it’s going to turn out, but we’ll see!


  • Cereal, semi skimmed milk & bacon sandwich
  • Spinach and mushroom omelette
  • Porridge with blueberries, chia seeds & agave syrup


  • Chinese pork belly stew with mooli, carrots and yam with brown rice
  • Baked salmon and roasted vegetables


  • Fruit: donut peaches, nectarines, clementines & strawberries
  • Crudities and hummus
  • Ham & cucumber roll ups

Those who have been following my blogs for a while know that when I have a strict meal plan, my mind loves to rebel and I never feel like eating what’s on the menu! So I like to have a few meals planned and prepped so I can eat it if I fancy – less waste that way. If I have time on the Monday when I’m meal prepping, I’ll see if I can photograph the process of the pork belly stew. It’s so delicious and reminds me of my Grandma🙂

Until next time.. x

Goals for August 2016

Hi guys,

Yep, I know there’s just about 3 weeks of August left! I’m a bit slow on the blogging side as I had a heavy work week but that’s no excuse, right?

So! August goals. I have a few meals out & a visit to Newcastle to see one of my school friends I haven’t seen in around a decade as well as our usual family meal out on the bank holiday Monday at the end of the month. I’m not expecting miracles but I’m hoping to lose at least 4lbs. I’ve been sitting pretty at 14st 12lb since the beginning of August which I’m happy with as I’ve eaten so bad recently but we need to get a shimmy on now!


  • Lose 4lbs by 31st August
  • No juice, no fizzy drinks – just 2-3L of pure H20
  • Try walking home at least once a week (will be a struggle with hayfever and heavy work bags but we’ll try!)
  • Draw up a monthly budget for September and update bank totals
  • Start planning my next adventure away

I’ll give you a goal update at the end of the month. Hopefully I’ll hit them all🙂

Until next time.. x

A Day in the Life – 14.08.16

Hi guys,

I really enjoyed reading “A Day in the Life” posts (as well as watching them on YouTube) so I thought why not try it myself?

2016-08-14 07.00.03

7am: My alarm goes off. I’m super tired from the night before as I got in from work at midnight. Cue the snooze button.

2016-08-14 09.11.32

2016-08-14 09.16.13

8am: I finally drag myself out of bed. It’s my friend’s son’s Christening today so I’m travelling back to my hometown to spend some time with my old friends from sixth form college. I’m going to do the whole make up shebang and wear this lovely pale pink dress which I picked up from New Look

9:35am: I’m running late and rushing around to find all the things I wanted to bring with me. As I didn’t do the organised thing and pack the night before, I had to run back into the house three times as I forgot my car key, my phone and the present. Doh.

10am: I’m now setting off properly after fueling the car and getting a cheeky McDonalds for breakfast. Hopefully if the traffic’s good I’ll arrive in about an hour and a half.


12:15pm: I arrived on time at 12pm and the Christening at the church is already over. It seemed super speedy. All went well with no crying except the vicar nearly set my friend’s partner on fire with the candle – oops.


1pm: Now at the party venue and they’re serving one of my most favourite things – a Carr’s pasty. Just so you know, the cheese ones are just awesome. If you ever get to try one, grab it with both hands! I think they deliver all over the UK now. I would’ve taken a photo but I was too busy eating it and playing peek-a-boo🙂

2016-08-14 17.30.21

4pm: I’ve left the party to meet up with one of my friends from school. She’s been really ill recently and we haven’t seen each other in a few years so we both thought it’d be good to get her out of the house. We head to Coast2Coast where I have some delicious ribs and she has the buffalo wings. Nom.

7:30pmI’ve said my goodbyes and heading off to my Dad’s restaurant for a business meeting of sorts and what ends up to be another little snack.

9:45pm: Everything’s wrapped up and I help close the restaurant. Finally on my way home!

2016-08-15 13.40.33

10:45pm: I’m absolutely pooped. Quick face wash and brushing of the teeth and I’m in bed.

Hope you enjoyed a day in my life🙂 I had a really good catch up with old friends, although the early start and over 4 hours of driving tired me out! If you liked this type of post, let me know. Maybe I’ll do a regular thing once a month or so🙂

Until next time.. x

PS: this isn’t a sponsored post. I just like my food and thought I’d share it with you.


Hi guys,

You may have noticed that there have been a few little changes here and there on my blog. I’ve officially changed my blog back to its original name – Life & Times of YzzyBella (that’s what the YB stands for!).

I’ve been getting in a bit of a blogging rut lately. Life is crazy as usual but I’ve been finding that I don’t just want to blog about food and trying to lose weight. My thoughts seem to be floundering and gathering dust in my head and I haven’t felt motivated to write a post.

That changed today. Last week I was really down in the dumps. Really down. I genuinely thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. Funnily enough I found a blog by a lady going by the name of Asian Pear. She’s awesome and down to earth and made me have a good think about life. I find a lot of similarities to myself despite not knowing her, but her blog has inspired me to do a little change around on mine so I can go back to doing it for fun rather than because I have to.

So, my weight loss blogs will still be coming but less often. I’ll be doing more lifestyle based posts – I really enjoyed reading a Day in the Life and budget type posts from Asian Pear so I thought I might give them a go.

For those who follow purely for my weight loss blogs, I hope I don’t lose you. It’ll be less focussed on it but hopefully with more regular postings. My URL of aspiringskinnyminnie.com will be in place until November, redirecting you here, but make a note of my new (or rather old) URL too🙂 My new instagram will be yzzy.bella so I’ll see you over there🙂

Until next time.. x

The Last Start-Over

Hi guys,

It’s been a long time. Hope you’re all well! I’m finally back (again!), hopefully for the last time. It’s been a horrible few months culminating with my ex attempting suicide and my Uncle passing last week.

However, it has taught me that life is short. Goals I want to achieve, I need to stop putting off as time flies by so quickly. So I am back, motivated and am going to try my hardest to get to my goal weight. The closest I’ve gotten in the past few months is 14st 2lb when I was seriously ill and hadn’t eaten for about 2 weeks and I’ve just returned from Hong Kong after my Uncle’s passing at 15st 5lb. I will be back on smart points on WeightWatchers so hopefully I’ll finally get my brain into gear and get my losses piling up.

I started off yesterday with a good day but today I’ve been feeling a little sluggish and not really wanting to drink much liquid which isn’t good. I’ve gone over my points slightly as I couldn’t resist a bowl of ramen (the one from the Fire Noodle Challenge on YouTube.. delicious!) but nothing that has taken me totally off the rails.

My Uncle’s funeral is next week so I think I would like to set myself a 2lb target. I’ve been really struggling with my energy levels (also possibly in part due to jet lag) so if you have any good tips to feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed; let me know!

Also I am back on Instagram – follow me @aspiringskinnyminnie

Until next time.. x